Walking

Walking at Dollardstown House, Athy, Co. KildareDollardstown House is a great place to base yourself when exploring the wonderful walking routes in the area. We have listed a few popular walks below and can help you plan your walking holiday.

Long distance walkers will find Athy on their path when walking the Barrow Way. Why not walk part of the Barrow Way from Athy to Carlow and take the train back? Check www.irishtrails.ie for the route or have a look at scenes along the way first.

Still canal waters form liquid roads across 75 miles of Co. Kildare. Rich in reminders of when the canals were a transport artery and a corridor of social contact the canal network is now one of the county’s most valued assets, appreciated for its contribution both to the natural environment and the built heritage of the county. Although artificial in construction the canals complemented rather than dominated nature and their waters and banks sustain plant life, fish, birds and mammals in a habitat of attractive diversity.

Mullaghreelan Wood offers looped walks with views of Kilkea Castle from a bronzeage hilltop rath.

Nearby Strabally Woods also offers looped walks. A walk through the forest at Oughaval Wood in Stradbally provides another contrast to the visiting walker. From a short three quarters of an hour walk to the Mass Rock deep in the forest (where local people gathered to attend Mass during penal times 1691-1727), to a more robust 6 km Cobbler ’s Walk, which features a fine example of a folly known as Cobbler’s Castle, Stradbally is a fine place to begin a day’s adventures.